Lane Stadium sells out for the long-anticipated gridiron contest between the Hokies and the Fighting Irish

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — More than 60,000 fans crowded into Lane Stadium in Blacksburg on Saturday night for one of the most highly anticipated football games of the year.

The Virginia Tech Hokies battled against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a game that many people have had circled on their calendar for a while, as well as the second sold-out home game this season for the Hokies, filling over 66,000 seats.

Tailgaters were preparing since the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, Oct. 9.

According to Virginia Tech alum William Reinhart, “I’ve been tailgating since 7 o’clock, all the way from Florida. Hokie passion all the way! Go Hokies!”

Fans of the Hokies and fans of the Fighting Irish came from near and far, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

“This is one of the greatest atmospheres in college football in the country, and Notre Dame brings that out in the best of people,” said Mike Shaw, a fan of the Fighting Irish.

The Shaw family is cheering on Notre Dame, but says Hokie fans have been nothing but welcoming.

Many attendees say being around thousands of people again was refreshing, and arriving hours early to be around this huge crowd was worth it.

Unfortunately, for Hokie fans, the Fighting Irish came to town and defeated the hometown team 32-29.

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